Ashwani Sharma is principal lecturer in media and cultural studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London (UEL). He is programme leader for the MA Global Media and MA Media Studies. He has also been programme leader of the BA Media Studies. He has been teaching at UEL since 1993 in the areas of race and representation, globalization and media, postcolonial cultures, visual and popular culture, critical theory and psychoanalysis at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught media practice. He is on the organizing committee of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research (CCSR) at UEL, and has previously been director of the Centre for New Ethnicities Research(CNER) at UEL. He is an associate of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, University of London. He also teaches on a regular basis on the New York University (NYU) transnational media and communities course at their London campus.
Ashwani is the co-founder and co-editor of the online journal darkmatter. He has edited special issues for darkmatter on race and the ‘reality’ television show Celebrity Big Brother and the US television series The Wire. He is co-editor of Disorienting Rhythms: The Politics of New Asian Dance Music, (Zed Books, 1996), and has been researching and publishing in the areas of racial anxiety, media post 9/11 and postcolonial racism; popular culture, urban space and globalization; visual and digital culture, archives, memory and postcolonialism; race, cultural theory and psychoanalysis. He is presently working on a book on race, memory and visual culture in global times.
Ashwani is on the editorial advisory board of Communication, Culture and Critique, International Communications Association journal. He co-established and coordinated the race network for the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MECCSA), and has been on its executive committee. He was on the management board of the East London cultural organization Rich Mix. He was also on the management board of association of Black film and video workshops, and the editorial board of the Black Media Journal, He is an advisor to the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (Salidaa), and was on the East Midlands arts film advisory board.
He took part in Iniva’s discussion ‘Archives: a work in progress’ on the ‘institutionalisation’ of art and the role of the archive in documenting recent art histories. This event accompanied exhibition ‘Document / Image/ Memory: treasures from the Iniva Archive’ in 2011.